Local News

  • Utility rates may increase

    Water rates for customers of the La Grange Utilities commission may be on the rise. 

    Members of the La Grange City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance Monday to raise rates from $1.22 to $1.70 per 1,000 gallons – a 39-percent hike. 

    According to LUC officials and the ordinance, a rate increase of at least 20 percent is necessary to recover the  increasing cost of purchasing water from the Oldham County Water District. 

  • Parents Day Out registration nears

    The Oldham County YMCA is now accepting registration for the last session of Parents’ Day Out for 2009. 

    This program provides a playgroup for children and break time for parents to shop, run errands, have an extended lunch or just relax. Children can learn a lot from regular play dates with friends including social skills, sharing, communication and how to deal with separation issues. 

    The Parents’ Day Out program will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from Dec. 14 to Dec. 30 for children ages 2 to 5. 

  • Blood drives planned Monday and Tuesday

    The Oldham County chapter of the American Red Cross will host a blood drive 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ballardsville Baptist Church, 4300 S. Ky. 53, Ballardsville.

    A second  blood drive is scheduled 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at  La Grange Baptist Church, 1139 Commerce Parkway, La Grange.

  • A semi-blocked crossing

    A stalled semi halted traffic earlier this month — annoying motorists and delaying trains when it became stuck on a steep-graded crossing at Railroad Avenue near Ky. 146 in Crestwood.

    It’s common for over-sized vehicles to get stuck there, said Matt Cornell, a spokesperson for the Oldham County Police Department.

    Cornell couldn’t provide immediate figures, but many recall when a locomotive crunched a stalled limousine after it bottomed-out on the tracks a number of years ago.

  • Census workers needed for 2010

    The time has come for the next U.S. Census - conducted once every 10 years to determine the country’s population. The official year kicks off in March and at Monday’s meeting of the La Grange City Council, a U.S. Census Bureau representative urged residents to be sure to fill out the forms.

  • Irish Rover Too to host souper supper series

    The Oldham County History Center and the Irish Rover Too will host several evening programs during the winter months.

    All programs take place at the Irish Rover Too on 117 E. Main St. in La Grange.

    From Leather to Linen and Appraisal Fair

    6 p.m. Jan. 13

    This event includes special tips for taking care of family heirloom pieces” featuring special guest Jan Jasper.

  • Meth lab found in Crestwood

    Police discovered a meth lab Dec. 2 in Crestwood while responding to a domestic disturbance.

    According to police, officers visited a home in the 4800 block of Harvest Drive to conduct a well-being check on residents at the home.

    OCPD Lt. Col. Billy Way said officers have visited the home numerous times in the past for well-being checks when callers have reported yelling at the residence. 

  • Diabetes group meets Tuesday

    The Living Well with Diabetes support group will meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baptist Hospital Northeast, 1025 New Moody Lane, La Grange. 

    The meeting will feature educational speaker an open forum. 

    For information on the support group, call Angela Madden at 222-3344.

  • Project ships butterflies to space

    “Butterflies can survive in space!” Students in Stephen Freyer’s fifth grade class at Harmony Elementary School are raising monarch butterflies in conjunction with NASA’s “Monarchs in Space” program.

    The project launched Nov. 16, when the space shuttle Atlantis took off from Kennedy Space Center bearing a load of three Monarch butterfly larvae, among other experiments. 

    Two days later, Atlantis docked at the International Space Station and the larvae were transferred to the Kibo Laboratory of the ISS.

  • Baptist Eastpoint to host Santa Dec. 13

    Santa Claus will be listening to the Christmas lists and sharing cookies with all the good little boys and girls who come to Baptist Eastpoint from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13. 

    The free community event will include photos with Santa, kid-friendly crafts and activities (such as face painting, making ornaments and reindeer food, story time with Mrs. Claus and a cake walk), a holiday bazaar for parents to browse and a chance to win a Nintendo Wii. Cookies, popcorn, and juice will be served.